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Ocala Horse Shows and Horseback Riding

Marion County, Florida

Ocala Horse welcomes you to the equestrian paradise of Ocala, located in the rolling hills of Marion County, Florida. Here, many of the nations top horse breeders perfect their craft, producing thoroughbred race horses as well as virtually every other breed of horse. Ocala, Florida is also winter headquarters for the HITS show jumping winter series at Hits Post Time Farm.

Ocala Horse Farms

Horse farms create stunning vistas of endless green grass accented by black horse fencing and majestic oak trees. Here, future racing thorobreds and horse show champions are born. A visit to a one of the many horse farms open to the public is a must.

Florida Horse Park in Ocala

Florida Horse Park, an attraction in itself, is the center of horse shows for North Central Florida. Skilled jumpers or disciplined dressage riders compete for ribbons almost every weekend.

Hits Ocala - 2015 Show Jumping Schedule

Winter months bring professional riders to the famous Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS) circuit has been performing at Hits Post Time Farm in Ocala, Florida from mid January to mid March for over 30 years.

The HITS Ocala Winter Circuit offers grand prix show jumping classes in divisions for the beginner, novice and experienced rider. The circuit features 21 grand prix events worth over $1.5 million in prize money, which the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix to close out the circuit.

Hits Post Time Farm is located at 13710 US Highway 27 in Ocala, Florida. Spectators are welcome.

Rocking Horse Stables (Altoona)

Rocking Horse Stables offers a full slate of Dressage Shows, Combined Training Schooling Shows, and Pony Club National Testing events. Located in Altoona, Florida which is close to Ocala, Tampa and Orlando. Rocking Horse

Canterbury Showplace (Newberry)

Canterbury Showplace is a beautiful Equestrian Center located in nearby Newberry, Florida and is open to horse-related events, horse eventing, and classic horse shows. Show schedule click here.

Hotels in Ocala

Staying in the Ocala area? Visit Hotels in Ocala for complete hotel, car rental and attraction reservations. Planing a trip to Orlando? Make reservations here.

Carriage Rides and Tours

Enjoy a leisurely horse carriage ride through horse country and enjoy the informative banter of your guide.

Oct 20, 2014
How to Introduce Horses
By Nancy Diehl, VMD, MS
horse shows
Introducing two horses is something a lot of horse owners don't relish, and adding a new horse to an established herd can really up anxiety. I don't know if there's any one best way, because not only do farm resources differ, but individual horse temperaments play a role, too.

This is not just an issue of domesticated horses. Feral horses have introductory events, too. We see posturing and sometimes fighting between harem and bachelor band stallions at meet-ups or challenges. Fillies usually leave their home band and join another, and antagonistic encounters with established members can occur until they settle into the hierarchy. More info...

Oct 15, 2014
How Do Muzzles Impact Horses' Grass Selection and Intake?
By Kristen M. Janicki, MS, PAS
horse shows
In theory, turning a horse out isn't rocket science: Bring horse to pasture, remove halter and lead rope, close gate behind you. But if you're turning an easy keeper out in a big grassy field that happens to be the only pasture you have access to, turnout can be much more complicated—and hazardous to the horse's health.
In situations like this, many owners employ grazing muzzles to help reduce their horse's pasture sugar intake, but how effective are these devices? And, considering that study results have shown that horses prefer certain grass species, do muzzles impact their forage selection? A University of Minnesota researcher recently set out to answer these questions. More info...

Oct 13, 2014
The Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Shows Dec 21-31, 2014
Florida State Fairgrounds
horse shows
Quarter Horse riders, owners and trainers mark your calendars and clear your schedules now for December 27 – 31, 2014. The Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Shows is returning to the Florida State Fairgrounds’ Bob Thomas Equestrian Center, and the five full days of American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) shows are not to be missed. More info...

Oct 10, 2014
When to Leave the Boarding Barn
By Pat Raia
horse stables
For a host of reasons, Ron and Patti Hengst couldn't wait to bring their Quarter Horses home. “Now I can see my horses while I drink my coffee in the morning, and I know what kind of care they're getting,” Ron Hengst said.
Like lots of other horses, the Hengsts' animals were receiving full care at a boarding barn two miles from the couple's home. But a revolving staff and overgrazed pastures made them think about moving their horses from that facility. More info...

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